Chief Rail Bird Dave!
Rail Birds. That's what they call auditors that come to clinics in Austriala. I learned it from some folks that we have come to kind of know and like a lot. These Aussies are the folks that we get our tack from. Their company http://www.nungarknots.com.au/home.shtml
They make great products and we are honored to get to have them here. I will get them up on the web site one of these days. But not only do they have a great company they really love horses. Kathy and I hope that we will get to meet them face to face one day..
This is the start of another week. Have riding lessons this morning with Stan. He is really trying hard to get the hang of riding and I hope he hangs in there.
Later today I will head out with Mark, good neighbor, to do some scouting for his elk hunt in Oct. We are scouting just north of the house and we have had a little rain the past couple of days so it should be a fun time.
Had a guy call me yesterday, Gary. He is an outfitter in the area and is in need of a packer, guide for this falls elk hunts. I am honored that he would think of me, but I don't have a clue about hunting. I've done it but I really suck at killing things. I would however, love the chance to pack in for six days and experience all of that, but I don't think folks paying a lot of money for one of these hunts want to have me as their guide. I would not have a clue even where to look for an elk, unless one was crossing the road when we were driving to camp. So will probably pass this time.
Still trying to get something happening with clinics for Oct. and Nov. I tell ya, it's hard to get even two people together for a clinic. Folks have different schedules and, well, it can get pretty frustrating. But I'm hopeful that things will come around. I have been able to get a couple of the people to start on private horsemanship lessons, and they are doing great. It's great to see their confidence grow and their trust in their horses grow as well.
We have all got to be safe when it comes to horses. They will hurt us in a heart beat and not think a thing about it. So we are the ones that have to be diligent when it comes to our own saftey. That means being better horseman. If we have the respect of our horse or horses we will stand a better chance of being able to work with horses when we are old and gray. Stuff happens, and sometimes, no matter how hard you try, things happen that you wish had not. But if we are working at being safe around our horses we, at least reduce the chances of getting hurt. At times we just take short cuts and get ourself's into trouble.
Example: A trainer, has been training horses for twenty plus years, had her horse tied up to saddle. She was just finishing up brushing and wanted to move to the other side of her horse. Rather then go around the back of her horse, she decided to just duck underneath the horses neck. When she did the horse spooked and crushed her between the horse and the hitching rail, and killed her. These are little mistakes that we all know we shouldn't do, but sometimes, because we are in a hurry, or we're just not thinking we take short cuts, and when we do some pretty terrible things can and do happen..
So be safe out there...
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.